|"What's this world coming to, Cratchit? You work all your life to get money... then people want you to give it away."|
While I'm prone to spend money on nerdy things fairly often, I do like a bargain and I spend quite a long time on eBay hunting for things. Especially when you are interested in older RPGs & wargames you can find some things go for a lot of money: Chaos Dwarfs and Squats are particularly prone to this due to how long they've been out of print, which is why I've been experimenting with home casting rather than paying eBay's prices for 80s/90s figures.
I received two large packages this week, each of which was the result of an eBay purchase where I feel I got a good deal - and each of them is something I'd like to get a chance to play sometime soon.
|Death to false metal!.... No, wait, sorry wrong Manowar.|
(Fun fact: I can't remember what I had for dinner three nights ago, but I can remember that Games Workshop in the MetroCentre was in Upper Red 14. I just Googled them and apparently they moved in the last couple of years to a different part of the centre, but it was a pretty constant haunt for me on our occasional trips south of the border.)
Like a few other old GW games of mine it's somewhere back home in a slightly poor condition, so last year I picked up a copy of eBay. You may be confused to hear that I bought another copy this week: however, there is a reason for that...
But the fun doesn't stop there, as there was another item that made this auction a super-bargain. The auction description was a little vague but rummaging through like a good spendthrift Scot I noticed these in the pictures....
|All the metal figures therein: 2 Dreadnoughts, 3 Ironclads, 2 Monitors, 3 Nautilus, 3 Gyrocopters, 3 War Balloons and a random out-of-place High Elf vessel.|
|Package number 2, which came to my work and thoroughly confused my colleagues|
My other recent purchase is Risk Legacy. t's an odd purchase for me because I don't actually have much experience at Risk: at Uni a chunk of my friends were very into it but I never really gave it a try. I was given Lord of the Rings Risk as a present a decade ago but never really got around to giving it a chance However, everything I've heard about Risk Legacy meant I knew I had to try it.
I've picked up a few damaged nerd goods over the years - my local shop Static occasionally has sales on "Dinged" goods - and they tend to be mostly superficial damage which a game which gets used will probably acquire in time anyway. As promised by the seller the damage was just to one part of the box and all contents were as new. Frugal Scotsman for the win!
|Rule book, two sheets of punch-out tokens and a sheet of stickers|
See Risk Legacy is a game for three to five players in which you play multiple games of Risk. Each time you play, the game will change: the stickers represent building cities or fortresses or marking them as ruined. Each time you play, whether you win or lose, you get to change the game board in some fashion. These changes persist so that the next time you play you can use the fortress you built as a strongpoint - or the enemy can try and conquer your capital city, turning it to dust or using it as their own base
|Four packets on the box lid, two packed on the tray.|
The game changes in more ways than that, though. There are six packets when you open the box up with big hazard stripes and instructions on them. OPEN WHEN.... they say, and give an in game moment to pop them open. So on the top left I have a packet to pen when all seven Minor City stickers are on the board, while in the tray there's a packet to open when three missiles are used in the same fight.
When they do get opened I could find new stickers, new cards, new tokens, new pieces.... or instructions to remove pre-existing pieces from the game permanently. I won't know until I get there. There's even gaps in the rulebook where stickers will go over-writing some sections of the basic rules! In any case, these changes will persist and all future games with the box will continue with those changes.
|Serious business: it makes you sign before you play|
|The board, unfolded. (With Mario mushroom coaster reminding you all how much of a nerd I am)|
The game board looks very similar to normal Risk, though the changes may pop out to the sharper of you. Those white rounded "X" symbols on each location are markers to show you where to put the stickers. The continents have no names: big white spaces by each one allow players to name continents as the game progresses, and one obtains benefits for being in the continent you named.
|The roll call|
I've messaged a few of my board gaming and war gaming chums to see if they would like to get a Risk Legacy group going. Hopefully this is something I can write more about soon.
|Oh, yeah, and this is under the plastic tray, hiding at the bottom of the box...|